2014-01-26 / Community View

Escanaba in da Moonlight production coming to da American Legion

BY KRYSTAL JOHNS 810-452-2601 • kjohns@mihomepaper.com


The cast of Escanaba in da Moonlight is (back row from left) Sharon Mozola as Wolf Moon Dance, Brett Wefel as Ranger Tom, Kyle Badgley as Jimmer Negamanee from Menominee, (front row from left) Terry Kosiara as Reuben Soady, Chris Hunt as Albert Soady and Michael Powell as Remnar Soady. The cast of Escanaba in da Moonlight is (back row from left) Sharon Mozola as Wolf Moon Dance, Brett Wefel as Ranger Tom, Kyle Badgley as Jimmer Negamanee from Menominee, (front row from left) Terry Kosiara as Reuben Soady, Chris Hunt as Albert Soady and Michael Powell as Remnar Soady. LAPEER — The American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer will, for four nights in March, be transformed into the world-famous Soady deer camp, so all the local fudgesuckers (That’s Yooper for those of us that live below da Bridge, eh?) can enjoy a taste of Escanaba in da Moonlight.

Skymanitou Productions, a locally based play production company, will be offering a dinner-theater experience at the Legion on March 7, 8, 14 and 15, featuring an Upper Peninsula specialty — pasties, along with gravy, vegetable, salad and beverages. There will also be a cash bar. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and producer Rod Robertson said they also want a portion of the proceeds to go toward the families of fallen officers.

Robertson, Michael Powell and Terry Kosiara have been doing the play for a few years, and the last time it was performed in Lapeer was in 2010.

“The last time we did this, we did it to a sold out crowd, all four shows,” said Robertson.

Escanaba in da Moonlight was written by Michigan native Jeff Daniels, and premiered at his Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea. In 2001 it was released as a movie, starring Daniels as Reuben Soady. It’s the tale of Reuben’s quest to, at age 43, shoot a buck by the end of deer season to avoid being the oldest Soady to never bag a buck. The play is full of mysterious happenings and hilarious moments, all delivered in the unmistakable Yooper accent. Native Michiganders will pick up on plenty of inside jokes that would be lost on someone from another state.

Performing in the play are Kosiara as Reuben Soady, Powell as Remnar Soady, Chris Hunt as Albert Soady, Brett Wefel as Ranger Tom, Kyle Badgley as Jimmer Negamanee from Menominee and Sharon Mozola as Wolf Moon Dance. Powell and Neomi Buchanan are co-directing the performance.

Tickets will be $30 per person or $50 for a couple and include dinner, which will be served at 6:30 p.m. The show is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets should be available in mid- February by calling the American Legion at 810- 664-9312.

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